Herb's Hawaiian Shave Ice is located at the Good Food Here pod in Portland, Oregon.
|Both of Herb's carts (mac and cheese cart in the background!)|
At the time of my visit, I saw shave ice ten flavors on the menu. For a food cart, that's probably a good selection. I'd get as many "core" or "traditional" flavors as possible, with a few unique flavors. Here, I liked that they went with Pina Colada, Passion Fruit, Lychee, POG, and Li Hing Mui. Those five options, in particular, instantly reminded me of Hawaii.
I got a regular shave ice with strawberry, passion fruit, and li hing mui syrup. Add ice cream for a buck, toss on some sweet cream for 50 cents. A cool $5.50 later, I came face-to-face with a generous helping of shave ice.
As usual, I prefer my shave ice to literally take on that shaved quality, melt-on-your-tongue style. Passed that test. Great job pouring an ideal amount of syrup. Good ice cream on the bottom and sweet cream on top.
I found it interesting that Herb's even has chocolate ice cream as an option for the shave ice. I can see why he has it; he also sells ice cream cones for $2.50. Just never came to mind to put chocolate ice cream under a bunch of shave ice.
|Good vanilla ice cream used here|
With summer in full force, I can see this cart doing quite well. It's likely more a seasonal cart, but might as well take advantage of the warmer climate.
Give Herb's Hawaiian Shave Ice a try. This panda approves. 8.5/10